Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel - Brasserie d'Achouffe
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Reviews by Scotchboy:
3.43/5 rDev -18.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Capped 75cl bottle into my Hair of the Dog tulip. Slight gusher, though I was very careful with the bottle.
A: Hazy bright gold with TONS of brilliant white head and tons of lacing left behind.
S: Very much Belgian and very little IPA...earthy, funky wet hay aromas, plenty of crisp Belgian yeast, pretty floral and very bready with a pronounced crisp malt presence, and lots of grassy hops. There is a hint of fruitiness but the grassy nature of the Saaz is really all of the hop component I get.
T: Follows the nose, Belgian yeast with a striking 'dirty' earth taste, pale malt breadiness, and a sharp grassy bitterness on the finish. Floral, fruity flavors wind their way through the flavor profile but from start to finish their overwhelmed with yeasty esters and Saaz hop bitterness. Dry, chalky finish.
MF: Lighter, not quite medium bodied (which is surprising @ 9% abv). Crisp, chalky, and dry. Its refreshing in a way, but still un-enjoyable because of the flavors. Surprisingly low carbonation considering the gushing of the bottle.
O: Epitome of 'meh' - this thing must be older because I don't get an ounce of Amarillo or Tomahawk hops on the nose or the palate. There is a light fruitiness (pear/apple/grape skins) but I attribute that to the Belgian-style Chouffe yeast. The only plus is the 9% cannot be smelled or tasted.
Will revisit this one with a fresh bottle, someday.
Serving type: bottle
01-23-2013 14:35:39 | More by Scotchboy
More User Reviews:
4.44/5 rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
22oz bomber poured into a tulip glass.
A: Bubbly and strong head that maintains creaminess. Tiny bubbles rising from the bottom and bouncing around in the head. Hazy orange color.
S: Lemon zest, apple cider, slight spice or tobacco, and grass on the nose.
T: Lemon and orange citrus upfront. Sweetness from malt follows. Some pepper, and a earth and grass finish.
M: Manages to finish dry and have a creamy feel at the same time. Great boozy warmth on the back of the throat. You can tell it is heavily hopped from the bitterness, but blends great with the malt sweetness.
O: This one has it all. Bitter and sweet. Creamy and dry. Crisp and yet boozy. Awesome example of a diverse Belgian beer that displays hoppy American IPA flavors and the spicy, carbonated, dry characteristics of saison / farmhouse ales.
Serving type: bottle
07-06-2014 22:36:41 | More by blindtiger24
4.15/5 rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
750 ml bottle into tulip glass, best before 12/16/2015. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy bright gold color with a 2 finger dense and rocky white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice dense soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of lemon zest, orange, pear, apple, white grape, light banana, herbal, floral, grass, pepper, pine, clove, honey, bread, and floral/yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, pale malt, and citrus/earthy hop notes; with good strength. Taste of big lemon zest, orange, pear, apple, white grape, light banana, herbal, floral, grass, pepper, pine, clove, honey, bread, and floral/yeast earthiness. Fair amount of earthy yeast spice/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon zest, orange, pear, apple, white grape, light banana, herbal, floral, grass, pepper, pine, light clove, honey, bread, and floral/yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, pale malt, and citrus/earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly sticky/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a really excellent Belgian IPA. All around great complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, pale malt, and citrus/earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.
Serving type: bottle
06-29-2014 02:53:20 | More by superspak
Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel from Brasserie d'Achouffe
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